Wall Of Honour

Recognizing Search and Rescue members who have died in service.

In Memory

The Wall of Honour recognizes those who have died in the line of duty, in the service of ground search and rescue.

Sheilah Sweatman

Nelson Search & Rescue,
June 29, 2011

Sheilah died during a Swiftwater response on the Goat River near Creston, BC.

About Sheila

Sheilah was a powerful force with a generous heart. She was tenacious, talented, creative, and courageous. With her humour, candour, independence and genuine compassion she inspired people from coast to coast.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba as the fourth of five children to Wynn and Teddi Sweatman, Sheilah was the heart and soul of her family. At their cottage at Lake of the Woods, Sheilah became the adventurous guide for her siblings Tom, Victoria, Mark, and Megan. In years to come as Auntie Sheilah, she created a world of magic and wonder for her nieces and nephews.

With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, Sheilah was a prolific artist working in many mediums. Her work is celebrated in public and private collections through Canada and the US. Sheilah challenged gender traditions and became a skilled carpenter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and worked as a trades woman across Canada. She merged her technical abilities with her creativity in constantly exploring new ideas and working on projects from paintings, to carvings, to furniture.

Sheilah was an avid outdoors woman and made her home in the Selkirk Mountains near Nelson BC. As a mountain enthusiast she was a snowboarder, mountain biker, rafter, hiker, and was training for her first triathlon.

Sheilah worked at the Animal Hospital and fostered several furry friends. She was training her puppy Freya to be a search dog with the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association.

Within a couple years of joining Nelson Search and Rescue, Sheilah became a highly accomplished and committed member and was on every speciality team. In addition to ground search and rescue, Sheilah trained hard as a rope team member, boat team member, swiftwater rescue technician, team leader, first aid responder with OFA3, and organized avalanche response team member with avalanche skills training 2 and avalanche technician level 1. Sheilah’s skills were matched by her determination, strength, ferocious spirit, kindness, and the best bear hugs imaginable.

While on a search and recovery call out at the Goat River near Creston, Sheilah drowned when she became entrapped by a cable. Sheilah’s passing is the first line of duty death of a GSAR volunteer on an operational task in British Columbia.

Central Okanagan SAR named their rescue boat SWEATMAN in Honour and Memory of Sheilah Sweatman.

Nelson Search and Rescue continues to remember her by landscaping a garden area around Sheilah’s Monument, a cairn inspired sculpture assembled from rocks brought by search and rescue teams from throughout the province and beyond. With this, Sheilah continues to inspire courage, kindness, service, sacrifice, and guides our way.

The Sheilah Sweatman Gymnasium at Queenston School in Winnipeg, Manitoba was constructed and named in Sheilah’s memory, and a domed window at the entrance reflects her signature onto the ground. Sheilah continues to be a role model inspiring students with her commitment to helping others.

Donations can be made in Sheilah’s memory to The Sheilah Sweatman Memorial Fund in support of wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation and environmental education with Fort Whyte Alive in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Facebook Memorial Page

Marcel Andrie

Lions Bay Search & Rescue,
April 30th, 1994

Marcel died while on a training event in Tetrahedron Park, BC.

About Marcel

Marcel Andrie immigrated to Canada from Switzerland. He started Lions Bay Search and Rescue in the basement of his home in Lions Bay. Early call outs were supported by his wife Heidi in the kitchen making chilli, and his daughter Nadine running phone messages.

On April 30, 1994, while on a GSAR training trip in Tetrahedron park with 2 others GSAR members and a family friend, Marcel suffered a cardiac arrest and died. He was 59.

A bridge was built in his name crossing Harvey Creek on the way to the Lions. This tribute is especially fitting as GSAR members found crossing the creek in that location while carrying equipment or an injured subject particularly difficult. Marcel was happy to construct solutions to challenges found in the field of GSAR. He rigged up and tested out quite a few systems to move patients more smoothly and safely down the mountain. He was invitational in his leadership and instigated many a fun training weekend adventure. He was remarkable at finding roles for anyone who wanted to help out on the team.

Eric Buss

Bulkley Valley SAR,
November 27th, 1991

Eric died when an avalanche struck six members of his team during a training exercise.

About Eric

Eric Paul Buss, aged 40, died November 27, 1991, when an avalanche struck six members of Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue while they were on a training exercise on Hudson Bay Mountain.

“…if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself, upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy, after all, is the end of life. This is what life means and what life is for.” – George Mallory

From a plaque at Twin Falls in memory of Eric

Robert McGregor

North Shore Rescue,
August 5th, 1989

Bob died while on a training event in the Tantalus Range near Squamish, BC.

About Robert

Bob, born in 1960, was an 8-year veteran mountaineer of North Shore Rescue and the Training Officer for the group at the time of his tragic death on a team training session in the Tantalus Range. He was 28 years old. In the words of his father, “Bob was a great fellow and lived for hiking, skiing and climbing. He did a considerable amount of climbing in Peru and Bolivia at a early age and was excited when accepted by the North Shore Rescue group”

A memorial plaque placed in the Tantalus Range reads:

May Bob’s spirit remain alive
in these peaks.
and may his soul continue to find
mountains to climb. 
Bob was taken from us suddenly
on Mt Tantalus August 5th, 1989.
The members of North Shore Rescue Team Society’
North Shore Rescue named their Rope Rescue Catwalk “McGregor Walk” after Bob.


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